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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Dec 21, 2011 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

My personal opinion is that Bob Weir is better now than he ever has been. He has developed into much more of a leader, his guitar playing has developed into a very well rounded rhythm/lead contrast. Im thrilled to see that he's going solo stuff. Ive noticed its like a one man jam band. Not many people can go off on an extended guitar solo/jam and make it sound as brilliant and complexly beautiful as Bob does.
I know this is a GD forum and a lot of people around here don't like to hear opinions like this. But I just had to chime in. Bob is my musical hero, he's in his prime.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 21, 2011 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

"I know this a GD forum and a lot of people around here don't like to hear opinions like this.But I just had to chime in".

To the contrary,as far as I can tell that is exactly what this place is for,and I would hope you would feel comfortable to share your opinions on the bands music regardless of what the forumites might "like to hear",I come here in hopes of varied and intelligent commentary on the bands music and find it in short supply,so please join in when the feeling moves you.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Dec 21, 2011 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

AMEN! also, plenty of Weir fans here.

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Poster: weironamissionfrombob Date: Sep 26, 2012 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

Agree, I'm proud to present my opinion of being a great admirer of Bob Weir, the complexity, brilliance of his rhythm guitar playing is vastly overlooked and underappreciated. I think alot of people take a stance on not liking him bc they hear other people do so, ecspecially my age, mid twenties, people have no idea what they are talking about. His solo stuff is impressive, I was amazed at the way he was able to play like pitb and jam it out, its also very revealing and a good example for us guitar players, I love to learn what I can from weir b/c he has such an original wholesome approach to the guitar exploring and utilizing the possibilities of the instrument. His solo stuff is giving me a sweet opportunity to fully observe and hear how he is approaching songs, which is not as easy to do when listening to the band as a whole, ecspecially trying to learn or understand the approach he takes to trying to the jams of pitb. I apologize I'm a little ripped n my enthusiasm is causing me to ramble

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Poster: Headstrung Date: Dec 21, 2011 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

Hey, thanks for sharing your honest opinion. I appreciate the dialog. I agree that the GD are not the GD without his unique style. During the late eighties I enjoyed his Dylan covers and thought he made the songs his. Sometimes abit overplayed but I enjoyed them being in the mix. I have met him a handful of times backstage in group settings and he was very friendly. In fact the only one of the members that was actualy talking to nobodies like me and not hiding in their own dressing area. Can not say that I blame them all that much, the whole gawker groupie thing backstage must get old after a while.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 22, 2011 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

Headstrung - glad to hear your impression of Bob is the same of mine. On the handful of occasions I've spoken to him, he's always been very friendly and engaged and, as far as I can tell, completely devoid of any rock star/celebrity b.s. (although he likes to play the part on stage from time to time). Les Claypool says one of the reasons he didn't want to pull Jeff C. and Jay L. back into his fold (both were in Frog Brigade prior to Ratdog/Furthur time) was he didn't want to poach from Bob because he's such a great guy. BTW, nice cameos from Bob in Les' film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XemwlpHngRI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBG7ODmKYwg

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Dec 21, 2011 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

I'm a big Bobby mocker when it comes to Bobby and the Midnights, but the best thing I've seen post Jerry was Bobby doing Mission in the Rain back in the late 90's at some outdoor venue just outside of Hartford. It actually had powerful emotion to it where I find just about all the Phil & Friends stuff to completely lack any compelling emotion. They go through the paces and play the songs nice and tight but there is no feeling to it. They play St Stephen and it just lays there kind of limp. Cosmic Charlie with no real zip, the Eleven with so little pop, just the songs, it made me really sad that Phil was into being a musicologist instead of a Deadhead. This music was 1,000,000,000,000 times more than just the music being technically "right" as a high school music teacher would view it. I didn't like the fact that those great songs were being given a PBS "classic rock" infomercial treatment instead of being performed without a net as they were designed to be played.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 21, 2011 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

Would you grant that his vocals are off? That's always been my problem with Bob the past decade or two...I can't judge his playing, now, but certainly thought he added a great deal to the DEAD, as noted above by many.

I just haven't heard him play in a long while--at Ratdog (once) a few yrs back it was more just standing there and singing (v poorly) and he often didn't even play the guitar. Perhaps I saw him when he was "off" or whatever...

I always thought Kingfish was great; and some of those shows live, he played very well (and still sang well enough for those sorts of tunes).

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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Dec 21, 2011 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Weir Solo now on Archive

Yes, I would agree. Sometimes I just wish Bob would get it together with the vocals.